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March 18th, 2016 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day in Hamilton

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Consider this: For hours on end, transit drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces! The fact is, transit drivers don’t have an easy job, they just make it look that way.

On March 18th, join us in celebrating the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers and rail operators! That could be as simple as a smile and a wave when you board the bus or train, and a “thank you” when you leave. You can also print out and personalize any of the thank-you cards below to show your appreciation in person, and you can help spread the word. And, don’t forget to submit an official commendation for a job well done, so your drivers can be formally recognized for their efforts. (You can do that any time of year!)

Notice: Holiday Service for Family Day

familydayAs a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the Family Day holiday this Monday. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service Monday:

Cannon Street Closure Detours 3 CANNON on February 6th

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Effective Saturday, February 6th, 2016 from approximately 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Cannon Street from Stirton Street to Birch Avenue will be closed due to a watermain repair. As a result, westbound route 3 CANNON buses will be on detour during this time. Eastbound buses travel via Wilson Street and will be unaffected.

Route 3 CANNON will detour as follows during this time.

Spring Creek Drive Closure Detours 18 WATERDOWN Starting January 18th

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Effective Monday, January 18th, 2016 from the start of service and for approximately 2 weeks weather permitting, Spring Creek Drive from Dundas Street (Highway #5) to Parkside Drive will be closed due to a sewer tie in to a new development.

Therefore, Route 18 WATERDOWN will detour during this time.

Details are as follows:

Cold Alert Issued for Hamilton

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It’s going to get cold tonight.

With the extreme cold set to chill the region down tonight, the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight tonight. A Cold Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below -15°C or -20°C with wind chill.

During the winter months, the MacNab Transit Terminal building stays open until the last bus departs. For Sunday night that is approximately 12:00am.

Presto Upgrade will Disrupt Online Services Jan 15-18, 2016

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PRESTO is planning to upgrade its central operating system beginning late Friday, January 15th until early Monday, January 18th, 2016.

During the upgrade, the PRESTO website will be unavailable and there will be temporary planned interruptions to PRESTO account service through the contact centre.

Customers will still be able to use their PRESTO card to pay transit fares, and load funds at a PRESTO Customer Service Outlet or Self-Serve Reload Machine during the upgrade. Customers can purchase a new card or load funds in person at any Customer Service Outlet.

2015 Boxing Day Race Detours routes 4/6

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The Boxing Day Race will be held on Saturday, December 26th and will involve approximately 1,000 runners. The race route will run a revised route for 2015 which will impact less transit services as a result.

The following road closures will occur as a result of the race. Please note that times shown are approximate:

  • Hughson Street – Hunter Street to Murray Street
  • Murray Street – Hughson Street to Bay Street
  • Bay Street – Murray Street to Strachan Street
  • Longwood Road – Dufferin Street to Macklin Street
  • Macklin Street – Longwood Road to Dufferin Street
  • Dufferin Street – Longwood Road to Macklin Street
  • A map of the race route is below.

During the race it will be necessary to detour routes 4 BAYFRONT and 6 ABERDEEN. While there are no other detours necessary, there may be delays to other routes which operate adjacent the race. The route detour are as follows below:

DARTS 2015 Holiday Schedule

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As a reminder, DARTS will be operating on a holiday schedule on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and on New Years Day. On December 31st (New Year’s Eve), DARTS will operate on weekday schedule and service will be free after 6 pm.

All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Friday, December 25th and Friday, January 1st. If passengers need to travel on this day, they must call DARTS Reservations at 905-529-1717 in order to book their trips.

Normal Operating Service Hours for DARTS on holidays are 6:30 am to 12:30am.

Main Street Closure Detours Multiple Routes Dec 27th – 30th

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Effective Sunday, December 27, 2015 until Wednesday, December 30, 2015 from approximately 6 am to 6 pm daily, Main Street from Caroline Street to Bay Street will be closed due to a crane dismantling at Main and Caroline. Due to this closure, several HSR routes above will be detoured during this time.

Routes affected by the closure include 1 KING, 5 DELAWARE (all branches), 7 LOCKE, 10 B-LINE EXPRESS, 34 UPPER PARADISE, and 51 UNIVERSITY.

New HSR Nova Buses Are Arriving

Photo by Rick Beaul

Photo by Rick Beaul


The next batch of brand new HSR buses are here.

On Monday the first two new buses arrived at the Mountain Transit Centre. Like the most recent arrival of articulated buses, these new buses are powered by Natural Gas. In total there will be twenty four (24) new buses when they hit the streets, which will likely not be until early 2016.

These NOVA buses are the first to join the HSR fleet since the previous series back in 1997.